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Weʼre raising £2,000 to To help with winter costs for the Exmoor Pony Project (Moorland Exmoor Foal Project)

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Giving Moorbred Exmoor ponies good opportunities!
In 2013 we started the Moorland Exmoor Foal Project to help give wild-born moorbred Exmoor pony foals a good start in life. Exmoor ponies are an endangered breed. Because they’re born 'wild and free' it’s not easy to find people willing and able to take and tame them and there can be a limited window to find good homes. We use a positive, trust-based horsemanship approach to win the ponies confidence and friendship, including working at liberty, free from ropes and restraint. This helps the ponies to successfully adapt to life off the moors.
They run in herds, with free access to barns, corrals and grazing. Our care and management system is geared to fulfil the ponies needs for company, space and stimulation. With ponies ranging from foals to veterans born on and off the moor, the foal project has evolved into the Exmoor Pony Project.
We fund the project ourselves with some donations from supporters. We’re not a charity because we don’t want to present this work as a ‘rescue’. It's more about offering these important native ponies good opportunities & understanding. We work with other farmers and the authorities to improve moorland management, breeding practices, registrations, genetics research and development and promotion of the ponies.
Our Exmoor ponies enjoy agility activities and take part in our pony workshops and events to help people to better understand Exmoor ponies. We'd like to train more of them to take part in pack horse walks on Exmoor next year, where people can join us.
With over 25 Exmoor ponies living on the farm, the project requires considerable time and resource to run and we’d like to raise funds to help with the looming winter costs. These include their care and management, feed, training, handling and equipment, etc.
Your support is very much appreciated - thank you!
More info about our work at www.wildponywhispering.co.uk.

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  • Dawn Westcott

    Dawn Westcott

    16 days ago

    Dawn Westcott

    Our new moorbred colt foal arrival is settling in very well. He is accompanied by his mother so he can have a gentle weaning. He's enjoying the company of two colt foal chums and has the opportunity to watch their interactions with us. We're letting him adjust and start to engage willingly with us, in his own time.

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  • Dawn Westcott

    Dawn Westcott

    a month ago

    Dawn Westcott

    We've now reached 36% of our target to help with winter costs for the Moorland Exmoor Foal Project - thanks to some very generous donations! Here's the big herd enjoying some hay during the recent relentless rain.

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  • Dawn Westcott

    Dawn Westcott

    2 months ago

    Dawn Westcott

    We've reached 21% of our target to raise £2000 to help with the winter costs for the Moorland Exmoor Foal Project. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far and please help us promote awareness of our work - which makes a positive difference to opportunities for moorland Exmoor ponies - thank you :)

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  • Diana Barnes

    Diana Barnes

    Dec 6, 2016

    Keep up the good work.Di


  • Anonymous


    Dec 3, 2016

    Well done, Dawn and Nick, for campaigning against multiple hot branding and exclusion from full pedigree registration on the flimsiest of criteria. It has taken true courage and commitment.


  • Anne Marie C

    Anne Marie C

    Nov 29, 2016


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Dawn Westcott

Dawn Westcott

Exmoor National Park

Dawn Westcott is co-founder of the Exmoor Pony Project (Moorland Exmoor Foal Project) & Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group. Author of Wild Pony Whispering (ISBN 978 0 85704 276 7) & Wild Stallion Whispering (ISBN 978 0 85704 293 4).

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